The ICPC was invited by the International Union of Railways (UIC), an ICPC partner, to take part in the 16th UIC World Security Congress held online on December 9th. The theme of the conference was the organization of security during major events, and subjects discussed included international cooperation during major events, lessons learned from UIC members, and emerging threats to transport security.
The ICPC’s presentation focused on its experience in preventing violence resulting from radicalization in an urban mobility context.
As part of the development of the Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (Network for exchange and local action support, RÉSAL)’s community of practice, an organization of which the ICPC is a member and the coordinator, a third training session of a series of activities planned this fall was held on November 4th. It focused on online hate prevention and aimed to familiarize the participants with the concepts of radicalization leading to violence and of hate-motivated acts. It also addressed various extremist expressions on social media, presented the existing initiatives and tools in the fight against online hate, and shared inspiring attitudes to face online hate.
The activity was hosted by Anne-Sophie Bedziri and Jeanne Plisson, advisors at the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) on issues and challenges related to radicalization leading to violence.
Among the highlights of the workshop, there were:
- The importance of properly deconstructing the vocabulary (radicalization, extremism, terrorism) to use it well. Radicalization itself can lead to social progress and positive actions and doesn’t necessarily imply violence.
- The many forms that hate-motivated acts can take: hate-motivated incidents, hate speech, and hate crimes. While the latter falls under the jurisdiction of the law, it is still difficult to fight hate-motivated incidents and hate speech under current legislative measures.
- Multiple resources can be combined to limit radicalization leading to violence and hate-motivated acts online. Expressing interest in the youth involved in these phenomena, encouraging doubt, and reinforcing protective factors, are important considerations for field workers.
More information about other training sessions offered:
Violence prevention in street gangs
Sexual violence prevention
Street work and youth intervention
These training sessions were carried out with the financial support of the City of Montreal.
On June 24th, the ICPC will be presenting as part of International Prison Innovation Week organised by the Coinserta network that promotes innovation in the prison ecosystem. From 10:45 to 11:15 EDT, the ICPC, who is a member of said network, will deliver a presentation on the prevention of radicalization of violence in conditional release. Among the other speakers there are the University of Birmigham, the Centre for Reintegration Initiatives (CIRE) of the Catalonian Department of Justice, the University of Barcelona, the Norwegian Correctional Service, the Chilean Gendarmerie, the University of Belfast and the University of Glasgow.
The event will be hosted online on Zoom. Click here to sign up.